The Best Snowboard Tricks of 2015
How much farther can snowboarding go? It’s a question riders have asked since Noah Salsanek flowed down the 55-degree pitch of Alaska’s Super Spines for Standard Film’s 1995 movie, TB5. Since Andy Hetzel and Temple Cummins sailed off a Tahoe retaining wall and over a moving train in Fall Line Films Easy Rider, the same year. Since Ingemar Backman’s monster method at Riksgränsen in 1996 graced the cover of nearly every major snowboard magazine in the world. Since… well, pretty much since guys like Jerry Dugan, Mike Hatchett, Mike “Mack Dawg” McEntire, and Justin Hostynek started documenting the progression of snowboarding.
Nearly 30 years on, there’s no sign of progression slowing down. From ever increasing corks to new ways to interpret the streets, this list is made up of what we thought were the biggest, most technical, or never been done tricks filmed in 2015.
#10 – Victor De Le Rue, half-Cab off cornice, revert, natural Cab 540 in Origins
Bringing freestyle tricks to the big mountain arena has long been seen as the final frontier for progression. A few riders have truly pushed it in this narrow space over the years, including Johan Olofsson, Travis Rice, Gigi Rüf, Nicholas Müller, and Jason Robinson. This season, VDLR left his mark.
#9 – Dan Vinzant, creeper 50-50, frontside 180 transfer switch 50-50 creeper in Rendered Useless
Minnesota’s latest breakout, Dan Vinzant, may have shared a Rendered Useless part with Zander Blackmon but he made every trick count. For his tech wizardry, Vinzant takes the number nine spot on the list. See what landed him on our Top 5 Most Stylish Tricks of 2015 list here.
#8 – Keegan Valaika, switch backside wallride, 270 to backlip in EverSince
It’s been a while since Keegan Valaika filmed a part for a major production, but without skipping a beat, he brought his lanky style and a uniquely creative eye to his Absinthe segment. Building on wall to rail transfers from the likes of Louif Paradis, Valaika adds a new one to the books.
#7 – Cole Navin, high to low frontside wallride Miller flip out in Rendered Useless
Coming straight outta Massachusetts, it didn’t take long for Cole Navin’s name to make the rounds of Board World after his Rendered Useless part dropped. Ride wisely added him to its Global Am team for inventive riding like you see here.
#6 – Jed Anderson, backside lipslide pretzel out through a quad kink in Videogracias
However you want to count kinks, Jed Anderson comes with the heat yet again. While the trick itself is hardly a NBD, rarely has something this technical been done at this level.
#5 – Mitch Richmond, frontside 360 50-50 to backside 360 out in Methods Of Prediction
Maybe it’s because he’s part of Bataleon’s 5’2″ crew that Mitch Richmond can torque on and off rails so fast. Regardless, he can hold his head a little higher after setting this one down.
#4 – Frank Bourgeois, 720 Miller Flip in Origins
It’s tempting to call Frank Bourgeois a Canadian Dan Brisse due to his burly approach to the streets, but Bourgeois has reached a level that’s hard to compare. This 720 Miller Flip makes the list for being an NBD but it’s just one of many tricks from one of the most hammer street parts out this year, including his NBD switch backside lipslide to wallride out.
#3 – Markus Kleveland, flat ground 720 to misty flip out
“He’s from another planet,” is a common way people describe 16-year old Markus Kleveland. It seems like there are a dozen tricks from his edits this season that could have made the list, but after spending an hour scrubbing and re-scrubbing his videos we settled on this as the most ridiculous.
#2 -Yuki Kadono, backside 1620 triple corks to switch backside 1620 triple cork at 2015 Burton US Open slopestyle
Yuki Kadono blew minds when he won the Air + Style LA on February 21 with the first competition switch backside 1620 triple cork. Two weeks later, he blew them again when he upset Mark McMorris to win the 2015 Burton US Open slopestyle with back to back 1620 triple corks.
#1 – Billy Morgan, backside 1800 quad cork
Maybe you’re groaning at seeing Billy Morgan’s backside 1800 quad cork at the top of this list. Maybe you love seeing snowboarding progress like this. Either way, the quad is here to stay with Max Parrot adding his take with the Cab quad backflip and Markus Kleveland landing his own backside 1800 quad this fall. But Morgan tops the list for being the first to land in quad cork territory.
So how much farther can snowboarding go? There’s always more to do for those with a creative eye, but when it comes to flips and spins we got to the bottom it when we got a physicist to calculate how many corks are possible on a snowboard.
Jump to the next page to see one more late addition to the list.
Bonus #11 – Fridtjof Tischendorf, barrel roll to late method
Eighteen year-old Norwegian rider, Fridtjof Tischendorf, dropped this heater on his ‘Gram (@ridtjof_st) from a session on the Stubai, Austria glacier back in November. The method is so proper we almost listed it in the Top 5 Most Stylish Tricks.